CSIS 500: Critical Studies in Sexuality

Queer(ing) Theory: Foundations & Interventions
Term 2

Dr. Christopher Patterson

This course will offer an overview of queer theory by tracing three historical stages that have become visible from our current horizon. Part one will explore the foundational works of what has come to be called queer theory; part two will explore responses and innovations by queer people of color; and part three will focus on recent ideas in trans theory, erotics, new materialism, and crip theory/critical disability studies. While exploring these works, we will also employ their frameworks to understand “queering” as a verb that characterizes artistic and community practices.